This post is NOT sponsored by Eye Buy Direct. I just love them and want to share!
But….if they wanna sponsor a post I’d be super stoked to oblige work with them 😉
Let’s get real for a hot sec, being blind can get ex-pen-sive! I’ve been wearing glasses since I was in sixth grade (& yes I totally had the “omg I can see leaves” moment in the car on the way home with my first set of spectacles) and have gone through a dozen pairs of glasses or so.
There was the first pair that were little wire ovals *face palm*
The second pair were a thin black rectangle, better but not great.
At the end of 8th
In those days, however, I was a contact girl. Through and through. I hardly ever wore my glasses and when I did, I was not seen by anyone significant. i.e anyone other than my family.
When college hit, I began wearing my glasses more and more. I found that my eyes dried out during lectures when I wore my contacts, making it hard to concentrate. They also make me look smarter. Like a serious academic (LOL! I fooled no one…)
When I moved to Cincinnati and into my first apartment with Ben, I got my own health and vision insurance through my job. I was allotted a bit of funding for contacts or a pair of glasses each year. Even though I wore contacts less than I did back in high school, I wanted to have them around. My prescription hadn’t changed in a year and a half so the glasses I’d had for four years were fine.
Until I snapped them in half….Harry Potter style.
Insurance had already been used to order contacts and we were NOT in the position to drop ~$300 on a pair of glasses. I had no idea what to do.
Lucky for me, I have a husband who enjoys reading reviews as much as I like shopping at Target.
Ben discovered Eye Buy Direct in the fall of 2016 and bought me a pair of glasses for FIFTEEN DOLLARS! On our newly-wed budget, that price tag was amazing!
Flash forward three years and I am on my third and fourth pair of Eye Buy Direct frames (& lens).
These days, our situation has changed a bit. We bought a house, we had a baby and our vision coverage has stepped up
What I like about them is that the glasses are affordable! As I have grown into a mature adult I have learned that my glasses are not only a necessity but an awesome accessory. Now, I have three pairs of glasses that I can choose from instead of one (would be four but I snapped a pair in half after falling asleep in them…whoops) without breaking
There are tons of styles and colors to chose from. The glasses are sized (I wear M or L because my face is wider) and there is even a way to ‘try’ them on by taking a selfie 🙂
No, Eye Buy Direct doesn’t have designer labels you can boast about. But I seriously enjoy boasting about money saved, especially since I have a four month old who is growing out of his clothes at an alarming rate.
So How Does It Work?
Eye Buy Direct was founded by Roy Hessel in 2005 “on the belief that quality eyewear should be accessible, and more importantly affordable, to everyone.” (full quote here)
In order to do that, the company does everything themselves. There is no middle man, and it is 100% online. That means that they are able to charge less for a quality product by shipping right from the factory to you.
I was really skeptical about ordering glasses online for so cheap. I fully expected the frames to feel cheap and I figured there would be something noticeably wrong with the lens’. But Ben assured me the reviews were great when he ordered that first pair. Now, three years later, I haven’t bought glasses from anywhere else.
They hold up (unless you fall asleep in them and tend to roll around all night like moi) and there are some seriously cute styles to chose from.
In light of being totally transparent, I bought another pair while researching and writing this review because I spent a lot of time on the website and couldn’t resist this pair. Don’t tell my husband 😉
What I am ssaying is check them out. One, they are so much more affordable. And I’m not talking $50 savings. I am talking HUNDREDS of Dollars in savings. Our insurance covers up to $200 on frames and I was able to find a pair at Lens Crafters that I liked that were in that price range. But then the lens’ were also $198. Even with GREAT vision benefits, a pair of glasses from a store was going to be at least $200 out of pocket.
With Eye Buy Direct, I spent $76 on two pairs (frames & Lens!)
If I had gotten two pairs of similar styled frames from Lens Crafters I would have spent ~$600. That is $524 extra in our accounts this year.
That is 23 visits to Chipotle I just saved for automatically.
And really, that is all I’m trying to say.
Frames I currently Have